Gel Socks

The great thing about taking a blog absence is that you get to post about all the awesome things you discovered while you were away. Today’s post is about one of the best things I found, and something that has joined my staple list; gel socks.

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I actually heard about gel socks from a beauty therapist friend a while ago. I never really looked into them, but I always had them in the back of my mind, and so one day, when I was feeling particularly ugly-footed, I decided to have a google. Ebay brought up these specific ones, and I invested in a pair.

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They were nice and cheap, only around £4; searching ‘gel socks’ will bring up a whole bunch on ebay, but they are all in the same price range. They come in a clear plastic zip bag, which you are supposed to use to store them in between uses to stop them drying out.

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The idea of gel socks is simply a pair of socks that are lined with a thick, moisturising gel, giving your feet an intense moisture hit without having to put on any cream. Perfect for lazy people, basically! Here’s a picture of them inside out, so you can see the gel lining.

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Putting these on for the first time is a very strange feeling. The gel is cold, and super squishy, and it feels very odd manipulating your feet into squashy socks. (For those who hate the feeling of damp socks, I am happy to report that these are nothing like that awful sensation!) They soon warm up, though, and then they are lovely and soothing. They are a little tricky to walk in, so I recommend using them when you aren’t planning on moving for a while. You really need to leave them on for a good long while in order for them to work, so for maximum benefits I recommend you do as I do, and wear them in bed. That way, the gel will have a good long time to penetrate, really soaking into your skin. (Quick pointer; make sure you wash your feet before using these. The gel will really absorb any smells, and you don’t want stinky socks!)

You won’t believe how soft this will make your feet. Its truly mindblowing. All the nasty, rough patches will be instantly smoothed away, leaving your feet feeling baby soft. The first night I used them, I took a picture of my feet before I went to bed, then after I woke up, and you can see the difference. The obviously dry, white, flaky skin is gone, replaced by fresh, pink, baby softness. Miracles. (please ignore the horrid, skanky state of my nasty feet!)

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Now, are you ready for the bad news?

It doesn’t last.

There had to be a catch, didn’t there? And there it is. Stick on your normal socks, go about your day, and later your feet will have returned to their natural state. It’s sad but true. However, I do have a few pointers for you.

  1. Keep it up. I wear these pretty much every night, and though I am never as baby soft as I am first thing, my feet have vastly improved. It’s all about persistence!
  2. Use foot cream in the morning. Once you have taken them off, slather your feet in a lovely thick cream, and really rub it in, before you put on your normal ‘day’ socks. This will really help your feet to maintain the softness they have captured overnight.

Use these on the regular, and I guarantee, your feet will thank you. the picture above was the first time I used these; since then, through constant usage, my feet are nice and smooth all of the time. For the cost of only a few pounds, it’s so worth it. I’ve bought pairs of these for most of the people I know now, and they all love them; and so will you!

China Glaze Water You Waiting For

The first nail polish I ever got was blue. I was quite young, I’d guess about 7 or 8, and it was free with a magazine I wanted. (Maybe Shout? What a great read that was!) I was beyond thrilled, and I painted all my fingers and toes (badly) as soon as I got home. It was a perfectly hideous colour. At the time I didn’t care, but as I got older and actually started to buy my own stuff, I remembered how awful the blue was and instinctively stayed away from blue polish. That prejudice lasted years and years. Even now, I hesitate before buying a blue polish, which is why I ummed and aaahed for a while before ordering this one.

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My red and gold Hunger Games polish (reviewed here) was solely responsible for me buying this, as I loved that one so much. This one is from their Cirque du Soleil collection, which I think is a few years old? I got mine on ebay for a few pounds.

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It’s a very dense glitter, made of dark and light blue chunks, and just looking at the bottle made me think of the ocean. I wasn’t sure how much coverage it would have, so I painted it over a plain blue, but I honestly don’t think I needed to. This is 3 coats, which gave me a heavy coat of glitter.

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It really does look like the ocean, multi-tonal and shimmery, and very beautiful! This picture is true to the colour, but doesn’t show how sparkly it is. I took this second, out of focus picture to demonstrate the ultra-glitter effect.

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Sparkly much! With the combo of the blue shades and the ultra-shine, this really does look like you’ve painted to ocean on your nails. The closest to a starlit sea I’ve ever seen!

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I was looking for a gorgeously glitter polish that looked like the sea, and this definitely ticks those boxes. I was super happy with it.

And yet….I just don’t love it. I don’t blame the polish; I can see it’s beautiful. I think it’s just my own stupid prejudice! My pre-teen self has totally ruined me for any blue polish, even a gorgeous one! I wore it for a day or two, and I just couldn’t convince myself to fall head over heels. It’s the weirdest thing; I could look at it and see how fab it was, but I just couldn’t stop myself feeling ‘meh’ about it. Random. I like it, sure. But through no fault of it’s own, it’s likely to take a backseat in my collection. Don’t let this put you off if you are interested; I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a gorgeous shade. I just can’t handle blue!

 

 

Goody Dry Brush.

Regular readers may be aware that last year I gave up heat styling in order to improve the health of my hair. This actually proved shockingly easy, and I will be reporting back on that soon, but before that I wanted to report on a brush that I bought before all that, and then barely got a chance to use: the Goody Dry Brush.

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I really don’t know why I bought this. I didn’t need it. I even KNEW that I was about to give up heat styling. But I bought it anyway. Why? Ummm….I blame the gimmick. It’s a towel brush. A TOWEL BRUSH people. Just look at it!

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The people at Goody have basically just taken a regular paddle brush and shoved some microfiber towling in between the bristles. This, they claim, will soak up water and help dry hair 30% faster. And, most importantly, TOWEL BRUSH.

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It’s a nice, chunky thing, easy to hold, easy to use and all that shebang. I thought it might feel weird, but it doesn’t; it brushes just like normal, and you can’t tell the towel is there. The back of the brush is pretty hefty, I think due to the large ventilation shaft which I assume is there to help circulate the air during drying.

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The million dollar question, though, is does it work? Um…I don’t know. I think so? I definitely feel like it dries my hair faster, but not like, miraculously so. I can’t honestly shout from the rooftops about it, which, given the £12.49 I paid for it, I really wanted to. I like using it, but mainly because it feels like I’m using something specifically made for purpose; like using a proper luggage tag instead of a shabby bit of ribbon to identify your suitcase. It makes me feel ‘proper’. But that’s about it.

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To give this brush it’s due, I am never really pressed for time when I dry my hair, and I think that’s what it’s for. I will always preference leaving my hair bundled in a towel for 30 minutes after washing, to soak up the water, which is DEFINITELY a more effective method of speeding up the blow drying process than this brush. However, it inevitably adds 30 mins prep time, so if you can’t spare that, you might be onto a winner here.

So. To sum up.

If you are the kind of person who likes to wrap their hair in a towel to soak up the water while they do their nails and makeup, before eventually blow drying after a nice leisurely wait, then don’t get this brush. The towel will do the heavy lifting, and this brush will become superfluous.

If, however, you are looking for a way to leap out of the shower and immediately grab the dryer, then this brush may just be the time saver you have been looking for. I bought mine from Boots, but I’m sure its available most places.

Unfortunately for me, I am the former. But hey, that’s why I buy this stuff. So you don’t have to!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: November 2014

After a few quiet months, UK magazines have finally got their act together and given us some decent freebies! As per usual, I’m starting with the least interesting.

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In Style: Murad Cleanser

A mini Murad cleanser from In Style this month. It’s a nice travel size, and it calls itself ‘luxury’ which is always good. Can’t speak for the brand, as I’ve never tried it, but it sounds decent enough! It describes itself as an AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser, which in my opinion is a great thing; can’t get enough of those fruit exfoliants! It also calls itself ‘age reform’ though, and since I don’t quite feel old enough for age reform yet, that combined with my lack of affection for the magazine put me off buying it.

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 Cosmopolitan: Nip + Fab Body Cream

Can we take a second to appreciate the fact that Queen Taylor of Swift is on the cover? Looking particularly fabulous and wintery in purple, no less! Yes, I totally love Taylor. So should we all. End of.

Anyway, Cosmo are offering a Nip  + Fab ‘Slim Fix’ moisturiser, which describes itself as a  2 in one toning gel. Which is great, I guess, but I just don’t believe you can buy skinny in a tube. I don’t have to find out, either, as unfortunately I bought my copy at WHSmith before I spotted this freebie in Tesco. So If you fancy it, looks like it’s a Tesco exclusive!

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 Glamour: Nails Inc Nail Polish

This one I bought without hesitation, since I am A) a HUGE fan of Glamour (best mag ever) and B) a big Nails Inc fan. I chose a lovely dark purple shade, but there was also a warm, shimmery red, a maroon brown and a gold beige.

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 Elle: Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner

Reasons I haven’t bought this yet:

  • I don’t really care for Elle magazine
  • I was very disappointed by the “They’re Real” mascara
  • I have about 20 eyeliners already

Reasons I will probably go and buy it before the end of the month:

  • I kinda want to try out this new eyeliner, as it’s been getting great reviews.
  • £4, while expensive for a magazine, is a delightful price to pay for a handbag size Benefit eyeliner
  • I can’t resist a mini

So, whilst I imagine I will end up with this, I haven’t yet indulged. The reasons that it’s worth getting are undeniable, though, so do let me know if you go for it!

Simple SPF30 Protecting Moisture Cream

You guys, I am SO excited about the product I’m talking about today.

As regular readers will know, I have a minor obsession with suncream. Being very pale and freckled, this is down to necessity, but I am also rather passionate about getting other people to use suncream, even if they think they don’t need it. A tan is just as dangerous a cause of skin cancer as burning is!

Whilst I’m not asking everyone to be as militant about applying suncream as I am, I do think that people should be using an spf face cream, daily, as a standard. Not only does it protect you from the obvious dangers, but it also protects your skin from ageing, and as a result an SPF day cream is really something everyone should have in their armoury all year round.

I’ve reviewed a couple before, specifically the super strength SPF50 SunSense one (great for summer and holidays) and the delicately scented Soap and Glory SPF25 one (which I was greatly enamoured with for a while, but over time became less of a fan of the slightly sticky texture on my oily skin.) In both cases, I wasn’t happy with the shiny, dewy finish, and in the case of the Soap and Glory, I was very aware that I hadn’t quite reached the recommended SPF30 minimum.

After the incredibly bright summer we had this year, I was even more determined to find an SPF30 face cream which ticked all the boxes for me, which, as a reminder, are the following;

–          Have a light texture

–          Absorb super-fast

–          Have a high SPF

–          Make my skin soft

With a fresh surge of determination, I got onto Google, ready to hunker down and find an amazing face cream, no matter how long it took.

It took me less than a minute.

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I am utterly clueless as to how I didn’t spot this before. Maybe it’s new?! I hope so, because if not I feel like a total fool for not seeing it. Simple is one of those classic, go-to brands, that for some reason I’ve never actually used! I came across this cream pretty fast, though, and I was amazed as I read the description; it seemed to have everything I was looking for.

From the description on the back…

“For protected and radiant looking skin…

Our Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients with SPF protection to give dehydrated, tired and dull skin a boost of hydration while protecting it from UVA & UVB rays. The light texture absorbs quickly into your skin to rapidly replenish moisture levels for up to 24 hours. Perfect even for sensitive skin.

Simple goodness…

  • · 2 Vitamins
    • Vitamin B3
    • Vitamin E
  • · 2 Skin Loving Ingredients
    • Glycerin
    • Sweet Almond Oil
  • · No Artificial Perfume or Colour and No Harsh Chemicals”

I was pretty darn excited from the description; the words ‘light texture’ and ‘quickly absorbed’, 2 items on my wishlist, are literally written right there on the bottle. The references to ‘a boost of hydration’ and ‘replenished moisture levels’ seemed to tick the ‘making skin soft’ box, and not only was the SPF the recommended 30, but it contains both UVA (for skin cancer protection) and UVB (for wrinkle protection)! Perfection itself! And not only that, but as it was on sale for about £3.50, insanely cheap, and ¼ of the price of my previous Soap and Glory!

I will admit to being slightly worried when I first pressed the dispenser; the cream was bright, bright white, just like all the super sticky suncreams I’ve ever used, and seemed incredibly thick. It also dispensed a large amount in one pump, as you can see below.

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But I shouldn’t have been worried. I can’t deny this feels thick when you smear it on, but it literally sinks into your skin in under 30 seconds. LITERALLY. You go from having white smears all over your face to matte perfect skin in less than half a minute; it’s really rather miraculous. That’s another thing I adore; the matte finish. All my other suncreams have left me with a dewy, slightly sticky finish; not so this one. Matte skin perfection, which for someone with my oily skin is pretty darn impressive. It’s ready to have makeup on top in about a minute, but if you leave it plain your face will feel so soft that you won’t be able to stop touching it.

Not only that, but it genuinely is kind to skin. I’ve been using it for about a month, every day, and in the last week I’ve stopped wearing makeup. Completely. I am totally bare faced as I write this, and I couldn’t be happier. Here I am, right this second, naked faced and proud!

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My skin genuinely looks the best it ever has, and I even thing my biggest bugbear- my pink cheeks- is actually improving. God knows how, but I have found a high SPF day cream that actually IMPROVES your skin. Before this, I had always believed that only a good night cream was worth investing in, as day cream couldn’t put iteslf to work in the same way, but Simple have proved me wrong. A.mazing.

So, to sum up, it’s perfect and fabulous and wonderful. It not only makes a wonderful base for your makeup (if you need it after how fab it makes your skin!) but it also ensures that your neck, chest, arms and hands are all receiving sun protection every day. It makes your skin amazing, and everyone should buy it right now. The end. No arguments. DO IT.

So Close, Yet So Far; an Ode to the Dearly Departed Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner.

Regular readers will be well aware of my constant struggle to find a great shampoo and conditioner; I’ve never found one that makes my hair feel/look amazing, it’s pretty much just always the same. Don’t get me wrong, I like my hair, but I’d love for it to be soft and shiny; for me, those 2 are the holy grail of hair products, and a pinnacle I’m yet to reach.

Back at the beginning of the year, I noticed this Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner conditioner reduced to 99p and, being a red head, I figured it was worth a shot. I wasn’t holding out much hope, as even expensive conditioners never seem to give me the wow factor when it comes to my hair, and as a result, when I got home I tossed it into my bathroom drawer and left it there.

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About a month ago I came across it when looking for a conditioner to take to the pool with me. I tossed it carelessly into my bag and slathered it on my head post swim, my only brief thought being that I hated the texture. Little did I know what  was to come.

My first inkling that this conditioner might be better than its ‘own-brand, reduced-to-99p’ origins suggested was when I rinsed it off. My hair felt soft, even when wet; a phenomenon I’ve rarely encountered. Then I dried it off. And oh my God.

My hair was amaze. Smooth, sleek, manageable; none of the puffiness I usually get from blow drying my curly hair. My hair colour was suddenly fresher, brighter-redder!-and it was so bright and shiny it was like a mirror on top of my head. and the softness. Don’t get me started. I spent a good few minutes in the mirror stroking my hair in amazement, and spent the rest of the day grabbing it in astonishment at random intervals, just to check it was true. My boyfriend even commented on how soft it was and how great it looked; boys don’t notice anything!!!

It was love. True love. I was obsessed, overjoyed. But then there was that niggling feeling. This had been reduced. And I was pretty sure there was a mountain of matching bottles on the sale shelf at the time. A quick Google confirmed my suspicions; it had been discontinued.

You cannot imagine the depths of my despair. My unending mission, my search for the perfect conditioner, had ended and begun again simultaneously, and I was cursing my bad luck. I felt guilty about my terrible treatment of my dear conditioner; the way I left it floundering alone for months, my low expectations, the glob I dropped on the shower floor in the pool when I was carelessly heaping on a massive handful. How could I have been so callous? Even more so, I was haunted by the dozens of bottles I had seen alongside mine on the sale shelf in boots that fateful day when I picked this one up. if I had just bought them all, I’d be in hair happiness for at least the next few years! If I had access to a time machine, I truly would have used it for that.

I took to scouring online, searching high and low, and I did manage to locate one paltry bottle on ebay for £5, a bottle which is still unopened, reserved for special occasions. To date I have sent 4 emails to Boots, begging them to recomission it, but I have been unsuccessful. If I had found this sooner, if this was still available, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt in my mind that it would have become my regular conditioner; the first ever hair product I would have bought again and again without hesitation. As it is, it will forever haunt me that I didn’t find and appreciate this conditioner until it was too late; that we will forever be two ships passing in the night.

Dear reader, I am happy to report that there is a happy ending to this story. In my unending search to find a replacement, I put in an ungodly amount of effort; the amount of work I have never before put into hair products. As a result, I managed to find not just a replacement product, but a whole other cast of characters, all of which have combined to make my hair better than it ever has been. I will be attempting to review each and every item I ended up finding and loving over the next month, along with the full story of my struggle to find a replacement, but I didn’t want to combine it in this page; I felt that my first love deserved its own article, even if it is no longer with us. So goodbye, Botanics. You will always be the one that got away. If any of you have one lurking somewhere, I urge you to dig it out; the combination of honey, henna and coconut is one that is unparalleled, and the only regret you will have is that you’ll never be able to get it again.

Magazine Freebies Roundup: July 2014

After a disappointing few months for the magazines, they’re back in force with a ton of free stuff for Summer. Huzzah!! Let’s start, as ever, with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Harpers Bazar has a free L’Occitane fragrance which seems like a rather adorable freebie. It wasn’t enough to tempt me, but if you are already a user of their fragrances, what a great way to get a travel size!

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In Style have a free Neals Yard handcream. As of this moment I have 7 tubes of handcream to use up, so this was really easy to resist.

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Elle have a Malin and Goetz travel set containing cleanser, face cream and lip balm. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d usually jump at, but I hadn’t heard of the brand, so it wasn’t a must have. Add that to the fact that Cheryl Cole was on the cover (can’t stand her) and it made it even easier to turn down.

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Red had a Rodial lip balm free, which sounded rather nice, but I have approximately 20 lipbalms already, and since I’ve recently picked a favourite I’m trying to cut down. (More on that later!) As a result, I didn’t get this.

Ok, so moving swiftly on to the magazines I did buy!

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Marie Claire had Katherine Heigl on the cover this month, which was really rather offputting. There’s something about her I just can’t bear; she’s so smug, and nowhere near as talented as she thinks she is. Anyway, I put that aside for the cool freebie; a Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Its a thick, sticky scrub which you slather onto your face, then the instructions say to remove with a cloth. I didn’t actually use a cloth the first time, trying to wash it off with just water, and it did not go well. Thick, sticky and immovable this stuff is! I eventually got it off, and my face was nice and smooth, but I’ll defo be using a cloth in future!

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Cosmopolitan had dear old Nicole on the cover, who I do like. Only worth mentioning cos I’ve been so negative about everyone else! Haha! Anyway, they were giving away some New CID cosmetics, a choice of a lip or cheek tint or a mascara. I went with the mascara, and was rather underwhelmed. I’ll update this later when I have pics, but for now safe to say it was rather generic.

photo 4Finally we have Glamour, my fave magazine, who brought me the best gift and the worst cover. Yep, hate Ellie too. Was the month for me to hate on cover stars! Anyway, it was a choice of Clinique products, which is rather cool. I already had the moisturiser and mascara full size, so I went with the lipstick instead. Again, will update later with pics, but it’s pretty decent!

So that was July. More quantity over quality maybe?? Hey, I’m just happy to have some freebies!!

 

Magazine Freebies Roundup; April 2014

It’s only just occurred to me that I forgot to post a magazine freebies review this month. Sacrilege! It was a pretty good one too, even though only one magazine had something on offer! Courtesy of In Style, I bring you Eyeko lash curlers!

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£12 worth of curlers for £4 is a steal, so it’s well worth the investment. These are good ones, too!

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The best thing about these was the nice solid grip; they felt super strong, and have wide, easy to use finger pads. They are also covered in dark blue velvet, making them comy to hold. I appreciate the hell out of this, as I used to use some with ‘scissor’ style handles that were very uncomfortable to use. These are lush. I took a close up to show the velvet, but I’m not sure you can really see it!

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I’m don’t think I need to say much to convince you these are worth the investment. Surely everyone uses eyelash curlers; they are undoubtedly the best thing you can do with your lashes. No amount of mascara is going to make a difference if you don’t curl first, as this picture proves. My bare lashes are on the left, and on the right all I’ve done is curled them once.

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So much more awake! Its hardly worth putting on mascara without waking up your lashes first, and these ones work perfectly. I usually blast my curlers with a hairdryer for 10 seconds before I curl, as it makes soo much difference; if you’ve never tried this, give it a go. You won’t regret it! In the meantime, I suggest you pop out and pick up a copy of In Style before the month ends!!

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

If there’s one beauty product I really can’t do without, it’s oil. I use coconut and olive oil as a hair mask, argan oil for my hair, I’m OBSESSED with oil cleanser and I think body oil trumps body cream every time. As a result, I’m always immediately intrigued anytime there’s oil added to a product. Recently I started wondering why nobody had added oils to a mascara, and low and behold, as if they had read my mind, the very next day I got an email from Eye of Horus, a new make-up range, in which they described their new mascara- infused with Moringa oil.

I literally had a little chuckle out loud when I read that, as it was exactly what I had been considering. They were nice enough to send me one, and that’s what I’m reviewing today; the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara.

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I’ve actually had this one for a little while, as I’ve been following my new year’s resolution of using up my growth mascara’s first (eugh). I was so excited to finally get around to trying it, though. Can I first say how cute the bottle is? The shape is very Egyptian, and I love the little golden eye logo on the lid. So sweet.

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The brush is fab too; I’m always a sucker for a cool brush, and this one is awesome. Fine rubber bristles (the best kind) and shaped like an hourglass, which I don’t think I’ve seen before!

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It can look as pretty as it likes, of course, but the important thing is how it looks on your eye. Here’s me without mascara, and then one coat…..

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…and then 1 coat one the left, 2 on the right!

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As you can see, this does a really great job of picking up all the individual lashes and really defining them. That’s exactly what I want from a mascara; I’m not at all a fan of the spidery/clumpy ones, I like the ones that simply elongate and darken each strand. This one does exactly that, and really reminded  me of one of my favourite mascaras, Max Factor Lash Extension. Which can only be a good thing! It also made them look glossier and more ‘hollywood’ than some other mascaras, probably a result of the oil and the uber black pigment.

I was really pleased with this mascara. It does a great job of really opening up your eye and making your lashes fab and fluttery, which is perfect for the day, and also it layers up brilliantly for the evening. Fabulous stuff! If you’re interested you can find it here, or the whole range is available here. Well worth a look!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.

SunSense SPF50 FaceCreams and Lipbalm Haul

I don’t know if anybody noticed but….it’s kinda sunny at the moment.

I mean like, really sunny. Finally! It feels like its been horrid weather forever! I can testify personally to this, as I’ve been following my running resolution and been going out on runs every lunch since January. You can imagine the slogs I’ve had; running in the pouring rain and wind. When I look back now, I’m amazed I actually kept it up. But I did, and in the back of my mind as the rain was soaking me to the skin while I trudged along was ‘it’s OK, it’ll be great in summer.’

For a while I thought summer might never come, but it did. The last few weeks I’ve been out running in blazing sunlight, and I can’t even tell you how great it’s been! I’ve discarded the long sleeve jacket and trousers and replaced it with a vest, shorts..and suncream.

Of course suncream! I am ginger, after all. And that leads me onto the product reviews I’m doing today. I’m actually really excited about this one, and I’ve been planning it for a while. I got send a lovely stash of goodies from Sunsense, an amazing suncream company from Australia. Being aussie, you can imagine they really know their stuff, and being ginger I had naturally heard of them. They are heralded as the suncream masters, the know-it-all’s of sun safety. I even overheard a woman in Boots saying that her doctor had told her to use it on her children. As a result, when the company got in touch, I was chomping at the bit. Here’s what I was sent…

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I use suncream literally every day, even in winter, so you can imagine how excited I was to get this amazing stash. The best thing is, they are specially formulated for use on the face.

We all know we should be using suncream, not just to protect ourselves from wrinkles etc, but also from serious risks like skin cancer. However, traditional suncream is pretty gross. I can testify to this, as I’ve spend years slathering on thick, horrid stuff that clogs your pores no end. On your face, this is especially awful, and so I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice light facial suncream. In the past I had settled for an SPF25 face cream, and resigned myself to covering my face in the extra thick factor 50 suncreams meant for your body whilst abroad, and putting up with the resulting breakouts. But not anymore. The products created by SunSense are nothing short of a revelation.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face

First up we have this cream. Full of AHA’s and with Glycolic acid for anti-ageing, this has all the ingredients of a fancy face cream; but with the added bonus of SPF50! It’s got a light liquid consistency, fine and milky, as you can see below.

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When you first apply this, it does feel more like a traditional suncream than a face cream, as the consistency is slightly thicker than a basic face lotion. However, this quickly goes. It takes just a few minutes to soak into your skin after applying, and then it feels just like any other face cream; no whiteness, and it doesn’t leave you with a sticky face. It just feels like a super light, super fast absorbing face lotion; it makes your skin soft, with a gorgeous light texture, and with added anti-agening and SPF! According to the bottle, it also has “Vitamin E and 3% niacinamide, found to help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” It’s also fragrance free, meaning you don’t get that distinctive suncreamy smell. What more can a girl ask for? I was impressed with the fact that this has such a high level of protection, and yet you can’t feel it. Fantastic.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte

Next up we have the ‘twin’ product to the above; as far as I can see, it’s exactly the same, except this one is tinted.

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As you can see, the consistency is the same. In the 2 pictures below, I first rubbed it a little, so you can see the consistency and the tint, and then I rubbed it in properly, in the picture on the left. as you can see, it completely vanishes.

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The final feeling is the same as the one above, soaks in nicely and feels soft, just with a slight coverage that makes your skin a little more radiant. I’d say that if you’re going to put makeup on over suncream, use the top one, whereas if you are a lover of tinted moisturiser, then this tinted one is perfect!

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 SunSense Lip Balm

I was soooo happy to get this one, as I don’t think there are enough high SPF lipbalms out there. in fact, I’m struggling to think of one over 15! But yes, lips need protection too people, and this little chap is perfect.

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With moisturising vitamin E as well as SPF50 UVA + UVB protection, this really is the perfect lipbalm. Its nice and thick but not sticky, goes on wonderfully and is the perfect thing to keep in your handbag in summer. I don’t go running without a thick layer of this now, and as summer comes I can’t imagine going out without it.

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 SunSense Daily Face

Finally we come to my absolute favourite product. This stuff is lush. Like, seriously. It’s SPF50, the same as the lotions, but has a lot thicker consistency, as you can see below.

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It’s a lot heavier, much more of a cream where the other 2 where lotions. It also feels gorgeous, a real indulgence. Here it is as before, slightly rubbed on to show the consistency, then completely rubbed in.

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As you can see, it vanishes completely, leaving your skin super soft, totally protected, and with that slight tint/glow that comes from a good BB cream. What can I say? I love it. It’s gorgeous. It would go well under makeup, or on its own, and it makes your skin so soft and fresh. I can totally see this becoming my new staple, particularly in summer when all you want to do is sling on the lightest coverage possible and get out the door. This is ideal; a lovely light cream that leaves your skin glowing, but with super high SPF. I’m wearing it right now, and my face feels soft and unclogged- just like a nice smooth face cream, but with secret SPF power! Fantastic! As I said at the start of the review, I’ve settled for an SPF25 face cream in the past, but I’ve always wanted a higher factor, and this is perfect.

I had a quick look on Amazon, and apparently this product is the number one bestseller in suncreams. I can totally see why. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it. I wear mine with a slick of pressed powder on top, as I like a matte finish, but if you are a lover of the dewy look, that is exactly what you will get with this. Either way, a worthy investment. You can also get 50% off it right now using the code DF50 if you follow this link; even better!

I’m seriously impressed with all these products, and I’ve already looked into ordering a big vat of their ‘SunSense Ultra’, the broad spectrum all over cream, just in time for summer. In the meantime, though, I’m just happy to have found a nice, light face cream with tons of SPF! It’s the dream! If you want to check out the entire range, head over here and take a look. I would highly recommend you do, as investing in the future of your skin is doubtless the best beauty decision you can make. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.